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New York On-line Poker Bill Clears Senate Finance Committee, But Tougher Tests Await

Ny State's on-line poker bill sailed through the Senate Finance Committee on and now heads to the Senate floor for debate, and ultimately, we hope, a vote tuesday.

Senator John Bonacic's online poker bill would legalize hold'em and omaha, specifically, however it still features a very long and journey that is perilous Governor Cuomo's desk.

Senator John Bonacic's (R-42nd) bill, S 3898, would legalize online poker as a game of skill, or particularly hold'em and omaha, that are deemed by the senator, evidently, to be the most skillful variants.

While that time may be ripe for debate, there is no discussion that is pre-vote the committee on Tuesday, whose members approved the bill by 27-9.

While encouraging news for New York poker players who think it really is their birthright to remotely check-raise the living hell away from one another, the bill's approval here should come as little surprise. It is the Assembly we have to bother about.

Last 12 months, S3898's predecessor was authorized emphatically in a full Senate vote, with a 53-5 margin, and there is no reason to trust that Bonacic can't secure similar support for an almost identical bill this year.

In the Assembly, though, it absolutely was a different story. It arrived unstuck miserably in the reduced house; in fact, it was not also debated, with its sponsor Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-89th) at one point wondering out loud whether p